For other uses of Judgement, see Judgement.

"A Paladin's judgement is decisive, firm, sometimes painful, but always just."

Using Judgement is typically referred to as "Judging" a target. Judging a Seal a Paladin has cast on himself can result in a myriad of abilities, from damage to utility debuffs. If the Judgement is a debuff, the duration of it can be refreshed each time the Judging Paladin lands a melee hit.

Rank Level Mana Cost Cost
1 4 5% of Base 1Silver

Talents directly improving JudgementEdit

  • The Retribution tier 1 talent Benediction reduces the cost of Judgement and Seals by 3%/6%/9%/12%/15%.
  • You can decrease the cooldown by 2 seconds of Judgement with Improved Judgement (2 ranks, 1 second per rank) in the Retribution Tree.
  • Sanctified Judgement (3 ranks) gives a 33%/66%/100% chance of receiving 50% of the mana back of the judged seal.
  • The Retribution tier 8 talent Fanaticism increases the critical strike chance of any Judgement that is capable of critical hits by 3%/6%/9%/12%/15%; this would include Righteousness, Command, Vengeance(?) and Blood.
  • The Retribution 41 point talent Crusader Strike will refresh all Paladin Judgement debuffs on a target, making it invaluable in large raids (especially for Judgement of Light and Judgement of Wisdom).

Talents directly improving specific JudgementsEdit

  • The Retribution tier 2 talent Improved Seal of the Crusader increases the critical strike chance of all attacks and spells made against a target affected by Judgement of the Crusader by 1%/2%/3%.
  • The Holy tier 2 talent Improved Seal of Righteousness increases the damage of Seal and Judgement of Righteousness by 3%/6%/9%/12%/15%.
  • The Retribution tier 3 talent Seal of Command is a more damaging Judgement than Righteousness and deals double damage if the target is stunned or incapacitated.
Judgement Overview
Seal Judgement & Effect Hit / Crit type
Ability thunderbolt
Righteousness Judgement deals Holy damage to target. spell / spell
Ability warrior innerrage
Command Judgement deals Holy damage to enemy, double if the target is stunned. melee / melee
Spell holy holysmite
The Crusader Judgement debuffs enemy, increasing Holy damage taken. Increases raid-wide critical strike chance when talented. always / n/a
Spell holy sealofwrath
Justice Judgement debuffs enemy, preventing NPCs from fleeing, and preventing players from increasing their speed above 100%. always / n/a
Spell holy healingaura
Light Judgement debuffs enemy, granting melee attacks a chance to heal the attacker. ~40-50% / n/a
Spell holy righteousnessaura
Wisdom Judgement debuffs enemy, granting attacks and spells a chance to restore some of the attacker's mana. ~40-50% / n/a
Spell holy sealofvengeance
Vengeance Judgement deals damage for every application of Holy Vengeance, which is applied by the Seal. spell / spell
Spell holy sealofblood
Blood Judgement deals Holy damage to enemy, harming the Paladin for 33% of damage dealt. melee / melee

Related Equipment Edit

  • The Tier 2 Paladin armor set is called Judgement Armor and includes an 8-piece set bonus that inflicts 60-66 additional Holy damage to the target a Paladin is Judging.
The set also offers a distinct and fitting look for Paladins and many Paladin-centric armor pieces in the Burning Crusade expansion have used variations of the Judgement set, normally a different color theme.
  • [Libram of Avengement] will cause Judgements to increase the Paladin's Critical Strike Rating by 53 for 5 seconds.
  • [Libram of Saints Departed] will cause Judgements to heal the Paladin for 41 to 49.
  • The Retribution-centric Tier 5 Paladin Armor set Crystalforge Battlegear has two set bonuses, both related to Judgement:
    • Two-piece set bonus that reduces the cost of Judgements by 35 mana.
    • Four-piece set bonus that, for each Judgement cast, grants a chance to heal nearby party members for 244 to 256.

Patch changesEdit

  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Removed in favor of multiple, use-specific Judgement spells.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.8.0 (10-Oct-2005): Judgement of Light and Judgement of Wisdom will now benefit players that are immune to Holy effects (e.g. Divine Shield).